Anwar Ibrahim’s Trial
Posted September 24, 2008on:
|Decision on sodomy trial transfer Oct 7|
|Sep 24, 08 8:52am Malaysiakini.com|
The prosecution had earlier sought permission for the matter to be transferred to the High Court.
However, the defence team objected to the transfer notice as it was signed by attorney-general (AG) Abdul Gani Patail.
Mohd Yusof said that Abdul
Citing case laws, Mohd Yusof told the judge that she had no choice but to transfer the case to the High Court.
Security high at court complex
Two layers of police security were also in place for those registering to enter the court room.
Earlier Anwar arrived at the court complex at 9.50am and entered the courtroom eight minutes later. The case started at 10am.
The opposition leader was accompanied by his wife Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail and daughter Nurul Izzah.
When Anwar was asked by reporters on how he felt about the case today, he said: “You never know justice in this country”.
About 50 supporters and several party leaders were present as a show of support.
Anwar had claimed trial on Aug 7 when charged with sodomising his former aide, 23-year-old Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan.
If convicted, he could face a 20-year jail term. He is currently out on a RM20,000 personal bond.
However, the issue was not raised in court previously and is not expected to be raised today either.
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